Trump promises to make “big statement” on trade

The President stated this in the Philippines, where he arrived to participate in the ASEAN summit

MANILA – President Donald trump said he will make a “big statement” on trade issues when you get back to Washington after a 12-day trip to five Asian countries.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in the Philippines on Monday, trump said: “We have made great progress in trade.” He added that the result of his Asian tour have become “the sales of various companies, including China,” in the amount of $ 300 billion. While he did not disclose any details of the upcoming announcements.

His statement was made at a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Japan and Australia on the sidelines of ASEAN. Trump said that they discussed trade issues, North Korea and other topics.

Earlier, when regional leaders gathered at the colorful opening ceremony of the annual ASEAN summit, which this time takes place in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo duterte sidestepped the delicate issue of combating illegal drugs, which he himself raised.

Opening the plenary session of the 31st summit leaders of the Association of South-East Asia on Monday, he called illicit drugs a threat that endangers “the very structure of our society”, not mentioning about the methods of combating these crimes.

“I’m sorry for what set the tone of his statement that way, but I just want to emphasize that our meetings in the next two days will be a good opportunity for us to have a serious discussion on issues of regional and international importance,” said Duterte, referring to the heads of 17 other States and also referring to recent clashes with Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines, and the broader threat of terrorism.

Duterte and his war on drugs

Experts in Asia suggest that President Donald trump will not raise questions about human rights and extrajudicial killings in meetings with Duterte.

“I am confident that he will not discuss it,” said Duterte on Sunday.

Human rights organizations have expressed concern about reports that Philippine police killed from three to seven thousands of alleged addicts and drug dealers during raids across the country campaign, which was one of the main election promises of the President.

Earlier this year, trump said Duterte what he’s doing “a great job” and are not openly criticized the Philippine leader for a while, according to reports, the campaign of violence in the country.

Duterte once insulted former President Barack Obama, calling him a “son of a whore”. He also boasted that killed a man when he was 16 years old, because he does not look at him.

Not counting the comments about North Korea, human rights, practically raised during visits trump in Asia.

Protests by the arrival of trump

Trump arrived in Manila on Sunday. About 3,500 demonstrators tried to March to the U.S. Embassy, but were stopped by riot police. The protesters demanded that trump left, and accused the US government in the pursuit of waging wars abroad. Recall that the Philippines is about 50 years were depending on US.

One of the posters read: “dump trump – terrorist number one!”

Another group of protesters at 10 a.m. Monday moved the venue of the summit in the Bay of Manila, said one of the organizers.

Vietnam: visit trump a powerful impetus to bilateral relations

Before heading to Manila, trump has met in Hanoi with President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang the. Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting, trump said: “To trade work, all countries must play by the rules. I am encouraged that Vietnam has recently become the fastest growing export market in the United States.”

“I am sure that the us energy, agriculture, financial services, aviation, digital, trade and defence products can meet all your commercial needs,” he added.

In an interview with the General Secretary of the Communist party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu trong in Hanoi trump said, “Think about where we are and where we come from, is to pay tribute to both countries. Trade became a very important element of our relations.”

Quang described the meeting with trump as “an important milestone in the Vietnam-us relations, which created a powerful impetus for meaningful, effective and stable development of bilateral comprehensive partnership”.

North Korea

Trump and Quang also discussed North Korea and the situation in the South China sea. Trump reiterated that North Korea represents a major threat to peace and stability in the region.

“As I said in my speech in the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, all responsible countries must take action to the North Korean regime a rogue ceased to threaten the world with unimaginable loss of life. We want stability, not chaos, we want peace, not war,” – said the American leader.

Sunday tramp through the “Twitter” said the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Ynu, who recently called the President of the United States “senile old”.

“Why Kim Jong-UN insults me, calling me “old”, while I never call him “fat Shorty”? I’m trying so hard to befriend him, and maybe one day it will happen!” – he wrote.

At the meeting with Quang trump also offered his services as mediator in the disputes in the South China sea. When asked about the proposal at a press conference, Quang said that Vietnam is committed to peaceful resolution of the conflict through negotiations in accordance with international law.


Trump arrived in Hanoi from the Vietnamese city of da Nang, where he took part in the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.

The President said that he discussed with the leaders of the APEC previous agreements, which, according to him, has led to a disadvantage for U.S. imbalances in trade.

“It’s a shame. And I don’t blame any of these countries. I blame the people who we represented, who did not know what they are doing, because they weren’t supposed to happen”, – he said.

At the closing session of the APEC summit, representatives of 21 countries included in this forum, adopted a statement in which he supported free trade and closer regional ties. The document does not mention the doctrine of trump’s “America first”.

At the talks in Manila is likely to be discussed North Korea, the situation around the South China sea and terrorism, as he is seen in the context of Southeast Asia. Many hope that trump will offer a more solid connection with the region in trade and security, but I doubt that he will speak at the summit about any expected outcomes of such cooperation.


On Friday, trump and his Chinese counterpart, the Chinese President, XI Jinping, demonstrated contrasting approaches to trade development in Asia, addressing the representatives of business circles of the region.

Turning to the leaders of the business community, meeting within the framework of the APEC summit, trump expressed its willingness to conclude bilateral trade agreements with any country of the Indo-Pacific region but firmly rejected multilateral agreements such as the TRANS-Pacific partnership, which he refused in the first days of his tenure.

The President said that it will conclude agreements with States that want to become partners of the United States, but only “on the principles of free and mutual trade”. According to trump, the US will no longer sign agreements that “bind our hands, involve the abandonment of our sovereignty and make impossible a serious compulsion to their performance.”

The US President said that in the past when his country “has reduced market barriers, other countries have not opened their markets” for American products. “We expect that markets will be equally open to both parties, and that the investment will lead private investors, not government planners,” added the President.

XI Jinping, the leader of the country, whose economic growth has been driven by large-scale state planning, came on the scene in da Nang immediately after trump.

He supported the idea of multilateral agreements and, in particular, urged to support the establishment of a free trade Area of the Asia-Pacific region, which harmonized regional and bilateral economic agreements.

China did not participate in the agreement on the TRANS-Pacific partnership, in which the main role was played by the US and Japan, which saw a means of protection against strategic ambitions of China.